What does the New Government of Japan Mean for Australia?

At a general election on 30 August, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) for the first time received the largest number of votes of any party in the House of Representatives, and the Liberal Democractic Party which had been in power more or less continuosly since 1955 lost office. The DPJ, which now controls both the upper and lower houses of the Diet, duly formed a coalition with two small parties, the Social Democratic Party and People's New Party, and was sworn in on 16 September. Having promised a new syle of government and criticised its predecessor for fostering excessive bureaucratic influence over government policy, and with a distinctively "progressive" philosophy, what does the new Japanese Government presage for Australia and Australia-Japan relationship?

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